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South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission to Reactivate Fines for Reports and Forms on May 1, 2020

By Jenny Newman
Collins & Lacy, P.C.
Columbia, South Carolina

As of May 1, 2020, the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission will begin to issue fines for reports and forms not timely filed by their respective due date.  The Commission briefly suspended issuing fines at the end of November 2019 during the implementation of KERMIT.

Now is the time to review your South Carolina claims to confirm all forms and reports are filed in compliance with the Act. This includes any forms or reports due to the Commission during the period of November 23, 2019 through April 30, 2020. The most common fine is $200.00 for failure to file timely. Common forms that receive a $200.00 fine include: Form 17, Form 18, Form 20, Form 15, and the Form 12A (First Report of Injury).   Thus, failing to review your claims can be a costly mistake.

Similar to the 12A, the forms can be filed electronically. The Commission requires the subject line of the email to be labeled with the SCWCC file number followed by the form being submitted. Please see the table below for information regarding electronic filing, including the email addresses for each. For a review of when each form is due and other forms that results in fines, I recommend reading Top Five Form Fines from the S.C. Workers’ Comp. Commission by Ashley Kirkham.

Form Email Address Subject Line
Form 15 Form15@wcc.sc.gov WCC# 1234567 Form 15
Form 17 Form17@wcc.sc.gov WCC# 1234567 Form 17
Form 18 Form18@wcc.sc.gov WCC# 1234567 Form 18
Form 19 Form19@wcc.sc.gov WCC# 1234567 Form 19
Form 20 Form20@wcc.sc.gov WCC# 1234567 Form 20

The general information contained herein is intended for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be, and should not be construed as, legal advice or legal opinion on any specific facts or circumstances.

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